Seven Rising Hollywood Stars to Watch in 2010

Sidibe's own life -- born in Brooklyn, raised in Harlem by an R&B singing mother -- couldn't be further from that of her character in "Precious," in which she plays an illiterate abused teenage mother of two.

"When I was looking for Precious, I interviewed 400 girls," director Lee Daniels told Peter Travers, the host of ABC News Now's "Popcorn." "I saw Gabby's audition tape and she starts talking like this white girl from California."

Next up for the 26-year-old is "Yelling to the Sky," a Sundance project in which she plays a bully opposite Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of her "Precious" co-star Lenny Kravitz.

After that, Kilday said it may be a challenge for Hollywood and the independent film arena to find roles for Sidibe.

"Hollywood isn't always creative," he said. "To try to find roles that she will fit well in is going to be tricky. She may in some senses find herself competing with Jennifer Hudson, who already has an Oscar under her belt. Hudson hasn't done much in the way of film work since 'Dreamgirls.' I think Gabourey might face the same challenges."

Anna Kendrick

Kendrick is only 24, but she's been at the acting game for half her life.

At age 12, she earned a Tony nomination -- the second youngest ever -- for her role as Dinah in the Broadway musical "High Society." She made her film debut in 2003 in the musical comedy "Camp," but it was her role in "Twilight" that brought her fame.

Director Jason Reitman has said he wrote the part of Natalie in "Up in the Air" with Kendrick in mind. He needed someone with the chops to go up against Clooney and, judging from most critics' accounts, Kendrick succeeds.

"There's a lot of potential there," Kilday said. "She shows a comedic side in 'Up in the Air.' Presumably she could also step into dramatic parts. I suspect we haven't seen the whole range of her."

Up next in 2010: Kendrick will reprise her role of Jessica for the final chapter of the "Twilight" saga and will star opposite "Juno" star Michael Cera in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

Jeremy Renner

Renner has been acting nearly 15 years, making a career out of playing likeable anti-heroes.

After all, this is a guy who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for playing serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. But it's his role as an Iraq War bomb technician in "The Hurt Locker" that is getting all the critics' attention.

"It is one of the best movies about the Iraq War," Scott, from the New York Times, told "He gave an extraordinarily good performance and has announced his presence in a big way."

Renner was surprisingly overlooked by the Golden Globes, though not by his peers. He's been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding male actor in a leading role.

"He's at the age where he can step into potential leading man parts from drama to action-adventure," Kilday said. "And I think the fact that he has been around means he's probably well known to casting agents. A lot of moviegoers don't realize how much they've seen him. He's usually the second or third guy in a group. But with 'Hurt Locker,' he's moving front and center."

Renner is set to star in next year's crime drama "The Town," directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

Saoirse Ronan

This young Irish actress stole the screen in her first major film "Atonement" from bigger-named actors Keira Knightly and James McAvoy.

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